Tag Archives: United Kingdom

I appear to have more Viking blood than I ever imagined.

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My Y chromosome is Viking, with origins in Scandinavia. It is known as I1 (eye-one). My maternal grandfather’s group is R1a, also Viking. And now I have learned via 23 and Me that my mother’s mitochondrial DNA, part of group T1, may have come to England with the Vikings.

Although T1 is relatively rare in Europe today, it appears to have been much more common at some times in the past. Though it is present in only 2% of the modern English population, T1 was found at levels of 23% in DNA extracted from skeletons buried in Norwich, England during the 10th century AD.

But the complete absence of T1 even earlier, in DNA extracted from the skeletal remains of Anglo-Saxon Britons dating to the 5th and 6th centuries, suggests that the haplogroup did not arrive in England with the original agricultural expansion. It may have come with the Viking invaders who began menacing the coastal settlements of Britain and Ireland in AD 793.

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Man, the English Civil War(s) was nasty

On January 10th in 1645, with the republicans in ascendancy in England, the controversial archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the Church of England, William Laud, is beheaded.

He was an enemy and persecutor of the Puritans and a staunch defender of the divine right of kings, a key concept consistently propagated by Charles the First, often putting both men at odds with Parliament.

Laud found himself on the wrong side of history when the Puritan revolution began in the 1640s, shortly followed by his king.

ajh

Thankfully, the Troubles are over, mostly.

My interest stems partly from being a descendant of immigrants from Northern Ireland, Ulster Presbyterians.

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London Bridge back in the day must have been something

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I’ve been browsing through a book on London. In it, there is a horizon-level, river view of the bridge showing a series of buildings rising from it. It is basically it’s own town.

I’d love to see such a sight in the modern era. Someone should recreate it, or something similar. Portland, Oregon or my hometown to the south, Salem, would be perfect, spanning the Willamette.

ajh

Western Civilization better wake up!

An Anglican priest has been fired as chaplain to Queen Elizabeth because he voiced an objection to a verse from the Koran being read during an Anglican church service.

The verse in question denies Jesus is the Son of God.

The House of Windsor, with their globalist agendas and climate change fanaticism, are increasingly disappointing.

ajh